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A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue often the result of compression and irritation to the nerve. The most common neuroma in the foot occurs at the base of the third and fourth toes and is known as Morton's neuroma or intermetatarsal neuroma.

Anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma. This includes poorly fitting shoes including high-heels that cause the toes to be forced into the toe box. Also, repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot such as running may traumatize the foot and lead to a neuroma.

Some of the more common symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include:

  • Pain in the ball of the foot
  • Sensation that something is in your shoe under the ball of your foot
  • Numbness

Treatments for Morton's neuroma routinely involve changing footwear and using pads within the shoe to help take the pressure off the area. It is best to consult a podiatrist if you suspect a neuroma as permanent nerve damage may result if left untreated.

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